May 28, 2007
Jonathan Pollard - sentenced to life in a US federal penitentiary - committed an unforgivable sin. He unmasked US foreign policy.
In a recent post on the American Ambassador to Israel saying that the US was merciful in not executing Pollard, there was a link to a post by Robert Olive and a rebuttal. The
One must conclude that the US was duplicitous.
rebuttal quoted from a court filing that described the damage Pollard caused to the US. It is very instructive:
"Mr. Pollard's unauthorized disclosures have threatened the US [sic] relations with numerous Middle East Arab allies, many of whom question the extent to which Mr. Pollard's disclosures of classified information have skewed the balance of power in the Middle East."
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May 23, 2007
On 15 May 2007, 22 Black American professors, writers, religious figures, and other leaders issued a call to Black America to join the June 10 March
To Black America:
It is time for our people to once again demand that the silence be broken on the injustices faced by the Palestinian people resulting from the Israeli occupation.
On June 10th, the national coalition known as the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (endtheoccupation.org) will be spearheading a march and rally to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
We, the signatories of this appeal, ask that Black America again take a leading role in this effort as well as the broader work to bring attention to this 40 year travesty of justice....
Notice this is signed by the infamous Cornel West:
Cornel West: Harvard Picked on 'Wrong Negro' - http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/4/15/210332.shtml
As I recall Mr Summers confronted West about performance at Harvard of his "duties"
2nd Link to Anti Semites
May 22, 2007
Sefirat HaOmer and the Four Days of Remembrance
The period of time beginning the second night of Pesach and climaxing forty-nine full days later with the Festival of Shavuot can be called a time of "Ruin and Renewal" for the Jewish People. The period includes the following six elements, one encompassing the entire forty-nine day span of time; the others punctuation marks of shared national grief or celebration:
"Sefirat HaOmer" - Counting of the Omer
The Biblical obligation to count the days between Pesach and Shavuot, where Pesach represents the transition from the physical "ruin" of Slavery to the "renewal" of Physical Freedom, and Shavuot represents the transition from the spiritual "ruin" of idol worship and paganism to the spiritual "renewal" of Monotheism and acceptance of the Torah.
The "Omer" is the reference point because it is the sacrifice that was brought on the second day of Pesach, and the days were counted till the time when the sacrifice of "new" wheat was brought, on Shavuot.
"Yom HaShoah VeHaGevurah" - Memorial Day for the Holocaust and for People who Acted at that Time with Bravery (27 Nisan)
The Holocaust was arguably among the most fearsome tragedies that have befallen the Jewish People in its long history, in which six million Jews, fully two thirds of European Jewry and one third of World Jewry, including one and a half million children, were murdered.
And the murderers were not a People who would normally be called "barbaric." On the contrary, the majority of the officers of the so-called Concentration "Camps" were medical doctors (!), or doctors of philosophy, or respected professionals. A degree of evil was exhibited which perhaps has never been exceeded in all of human history.
It is not true that the murderers' evil was unopposed. Tremendous bravery was exhibited by relatively small numbers of Jews and Gentiles, such as at the Warsaw Ghetto, where the Jewish Community acted in concert, and by hundreds of individuals whose efforts resulted in the saving of tens, even hundreds of thousands of lives.
Although the saving of a single life is comparable to the saving of an entire world, the dimensions of the tragedy vastly outweighed all attempts to avert it, and the sweet taste of the good deeds was indistinguishable against the bitterness of the evil.
For the rest of this article click on the title Pesach to Shavuot above..
May 21, 2007
In fact, the real anniversary should be now, three weeks earlier. On May 16, 1967, Egyptian President Gamal Nasser ordered the evacuation from the Sinai Peninsula of the U.N. buffer force that had kept Israel and Egypt at peace for 10 years. The United Nations complied, at which point Nasser imposed a naval blockade of Israel's only outlet to the south, the port of Eilat -- an open act of war.
in every Arab capital a remilitarized Sinai and a southern blockade.
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May 19, 2007
have no intention of finishing. It's impossible to win a war with limited rules of engagement
that make it impossible to defeat your enemy ( See Korea, See Vietnam...).
As long as Israel refuses to engage in an all-out-war to destroy the
enemy and any civilian center that hosts and harbors the terrorist
forces, they will never be able to stop the enemy from shooting
rockets and missiles into Israel.
Israel needs to go to Gaza with intent to retake the area and annex it and expel the enemy.
Make the enemies of Israel understand that if they launch rockets into Israel they Israel will retaliate with devastating force.
Advanced rocket technology will even trickle into our enemies hands and eventually their reach will expand. So now is the time to create security zone deep into Gaza, Egypt and
Lebanon that will put Israeli population centers out of reach of terrorist rockets and missiles.
Israel will then be able to retaliate for any attacks effectively.
The time has come to place our faith in the God of Israel and not in
the promises of the UN, EU, or anyone else!
Saul Goldman -
When times get tough, people naturally seek psychological relief through what Sigmund Freud defined as the mechanisms of defense. That is individuals unconsciously refract their perceptions of reality through unconscious lenses that usually distort what they see. For example, if someone gets bad news from their physician, they sometimes behave as if they are not sick. This denial was highlighted by Elizabeth Kubler Ross in her famous study on Death and Dying. I remember the when I was a child people whispered about cancer. People said that Shirley had a "growth" when they meant cancer. Kubler-Ross’ study of biological mortality sheds light upon yet another existential threat. The world has been given a bad diagnosis. A malignant ideology is threatening to destroy our world and the media hushes its ugly presence. Rather than seek a cure, we have found a temporary respite from the angst by denying the threat. Clearly, we have not claimed that these Muslims are not dangerous. Instead we deny the threat by formulating explanations that would mitigate its consequences. Our denial takes the form of a theory that if we act appropriately toward Islam we will not be harmed. It is no more than a modern translation of "arbeit macht frei". In order to shield ourselves from the painful treatment that is required for survival, we have entered into some of those stages of dying described by Kubler-Ross. One of those stages was called "bargaining". In political terms, we seek to negotiate and offer "inducements" to the grim reaper of Islam.
Another mechanism of defense is "rationalization". We try to explain the dynamics of Islamism in our own intellectual terms. Finally, there is "displacement"; a mechanism in which we turn our anger and frustration upon another entity. The Devil made me do it. For centuries the Devil meant the Jews. Not since the Hitlerian era have we seen so much anti-Semitism. The recent trial of Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman former AIPAC executives is an illustration of anti-Semitism at work. They were accused, like Jonathan Pollard of helping Israel. Unlike the Pollard case, however, the charges are neither treason nor espionage but passing on information that they had heard from a third source who remains in a prestigious government job. In other words, they are being charged with passing on gossip.
The Pollard inquisition greatly harmed the Israeli intelligence operation in the US. Yes, there is espionage even among friends. Take a look at the sophisticated electronics equipment atop the US Embassy in Tel Aviv. Remember the sad episode of the USS Liberty that sat off the coast of Israel during the Six Day war and passed information to the Syrians. What is the purpose of punishing Pollard or the trial against these gossips? They did not harm America.
At the same time a truly dangerous organization is getting moral support from the FBI. Rachel Neuwirth points out that the same agency hounding these Jews, the FBI, has consistently refused to investigate the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Yet, there are numerous pieces of evidence that point to CAIR’s ties with terror organizations. The fact that they are blatantly anti-semitic was highlighted recently by my own experience. CAIR was having a major community event in which both a Christian and Jewish leader were invited. A colleague of mine was the original invitee, but could not attend. With some ambivalence, I volunteered to substitute on the fuzzy conviction that one should never abandon an opportunity for outreach. The event originally scheduled for a Sunday was immediately switched to Saturday (shabbat) as soon as CAIR realized that a rabbi would show up.
The persecution of Israel by Iran and Hamas is a revised form of classical anti-Semitic doctrine that replaces the old canard that the Jews killed Christ with its newer version that Jews caused the Middle East crisis. The new carefully crafted blood libel is that the root cause of the Middle East crisis from the rise of oil prices to Iranian nukes is the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In other words, the Jews came to the Middle East because no one in Europe wanted them. They came and stole Arab land while evicting its residents. In addition, Jimmy Carter tells us in his new book, that Israelis torture and murder innocent Palestians. They are intransigent and the only hope mankind has for world peace is to remove the Jewish cancer from the Middle Eastern body politic.
Of course, Carter didn’t use those words but the effect of the left-wing peace plan is to sufficiently eviscerate Israel by a propaganda campaign intended to brainwash both American and Israeli Jews. The psychological objective is what Bruno Bettleheim described as "identification with the aggressor". And it is working! We have seen over the past years an Israeli withdrawal not only from the territories but from our own moral claim to the land of Israel. Too many Israelis accept the Palestinian lie that those lands belong to a fictitious entity called Palestine. Last summer’s debacle in Lebanon in which Israel surrendered to Hizbollah after weeks of air strikes and artillery barrages tell us not only about the Government’s lack of resolve and inability to lead the nation, but about the disarray of the IDF itself. I recall that after the Yom Kippur war, Ariel Sharon who was a better warrior than statesman, commented upon the poor level of readiness in the IDF. The Agranat Commission spelled it out in detail. But, Sharon’s point was a moral one more than a tactical one. He reminded us that the strength of the IDF was not in its technological superiority, but in its moral superiority. Its capacity to strike deep into the heart of the enemy using commando units and infantry units. In other words, the battle as Yom Kippur itself demonstrated was to be won by our young men. Sharon’s remarks reminded me of Zachariah’s (4:6) order of battle: "not by strength, not might, but with My spirit, says the Lord". We lost in Lebanon because we relied upon technology and because IDF training emphasized technology rather than the moral fiber of its young men.
The moral decline of Israel is in proportion to its material growth. It is easy to understand how a comfortable people become unwilling to endure the hardships and sacrifice of maintaining the kind of vigil that secures their liberty. We see this same decline in America. Many American politicians would lead us to appeasement. But, even if we do try to appease the Iranians by sacrificing Israel it would only sate their appetite for a short time. Islam, like Nazism, is about hegemony not coexistence. And what drives Islam and history is an idea. Unfortunately, post-Zionist Israel has no ideology; merely a growing economy. Or, to phrase that differently, the driving theme of modern Israel is the idea of self. While we enjoy our wealth, Muslims have embedded themselves into the American system. They are citizens and have funded powerful organizations capable of silencing others. For example, Bush spoke of Islamofascism until CAIR called him and told him such language was offensive; he never used that term again.
The left would like to cut Israel off financially. A recent article in the Christian Science Monitor argued that Israel was costing American too much money ($1500 per citizen) and too much political ill will. The author, of course, pointed out that the Israel Lobby would argue anti-Semitism if Americans speak harshly of Israel. Yet, to undermine Israel and offer it up as an appeasement to the Arabs would be tantamount to the most vicious pogrom since the Holocaust. The world remains indifferent to Darfur. In the amoral ambience of political correctness the murder of Israelis is "resistance". We may ask ourselves how would the world, when dominated by Islam, view the extermination of the Jews?
Finally, the war against the Jews cannot be fully understood without our own complicity. Seventy years ago, our parents and grandparents committed the sin of silence. We are like the Jews of Silence during the Holocaust. Our leaders are weak. Is it that we still do no believe that things are that bad? In his memoir of the Holocaust, Night, Elie Wiesel describes the scene in his little town when a survivor of the round-up in another village comes to his shul on Shabbat eve and screams about them "burning Jews". The worshippers looked at each other in horror because the poor Jew appeared insane. Then, Wiesel tells us, everyone went home to their Sabbath dinner.
May 17, 2007
I have been slowly bleeding to death before your very eyes for 21 years! My desperate situation, the result of the Government's treachery and abandonment, is a Chillul HaShem [a desecration of G-d's Name] that screams to the Heavens.
And where is the Nation? I cry out to you from the depths of my soul: Tzion, ha-lo tishalee l'shlom assirayich? "Zion, won't you seek the welfare of your captives! [the first line of a famous poem by 12th-century Jewish philosopher and rabbi Yehudah Halevi, the source of the modern-day concept Prisoner of Zion]"
If Zion will not seek the welfare of her captives, it is not the personal problem of the captives. The problem rests entirely upon Zion and upon all who dwell in Zion.
I do not fear for my own fate. Whatever Heaven decrees for me I will accept with love. But I am filled with dread for the fate of the Nation which I so love. If the Nation continues to allow the Government to ignore the Divine commandment "Do not stand idly by your brother's blood," without crying out or lifting a finger to stop this terrible sin, I am afraid to even to think about what the consequences will be.
I do not know how much time is left. I only hope and pray with all my might, for the sake of the Nation of Israel, that we will all wake up and do what needs to be done, now, before it is too late!
With Love of Israel, Jonathan Pollard
Turning the State of Jews into the Jewish State - Moshe Feiglin
22 Iyar, 5767 - May 10, 2007
Jerusalem Day helped me to solve a question that had been bothering me for a number of months. Why is Israel's economy doing so well? I am not the only person amazed at the gap between the collapse of all of Israel's government mechanisms and the success of its economy. This question is asked time and again in the economy columns. Even the Governor of the Bank of Israel related to it in recent interviews. So how is it that when the security system is collapsing, and the justice system is collapsing, and the police force is collapsing, and the political system is collapsing, and the media is no more than popular political entertainment, and the academic and cultural elite offer no actual solutions -- the economy is so robust? How is it that although the majority of Israelis do not believe that the country will continue to exist in another 20-30 years -- the economy is one of the strongest in the Western world, economic growth is steady and investors from the world over are knocking on our doors?
Jerusalem Day solved the riddle for me, because I once again studied the unfolding of the Six Day War. Whoever does a bit of research on the Six Day War discovers that it was a successful war with little pre-planning: Due to a series of miracles, the Higher Command did not prevent the forces in the field from advancing.
An interesting study discovered that when the doctors are on strike, the death rate goes down. In the Six Day War, Chief of Staff Rabin collapsed and was hospitalized in a psychiatric ward. In other words, the army had no Chief of Staff. The opening act of the battle for Jerusalem was the liberation of Armon Hanatziv at Jerusalem's southern tip. According to Military Historian Dr. Uri Milstein, it was a battle completely initiated by a Staff Officer named Amos Ne'eman, who simply was tired of waiting for General Dayan's orders, and decided on his own to order his troops to advance. That is how the entire southern end of Jerusalem was captured. The rest of the battles also took place without an orderly chain of command. In effect, nobody in the Higher Command wanted to fight the Six Day War. Ultimately, the Old City of Jerusalem was liberated despite General Dayan's insistent resistance.
So what is the connection between the liberation of Jerusalem and Israel's economy? It's really the same story. For an economy to succeed, it must enjoy as little interference as possible. All the government systems are collapsing. The Minister of Finance is in the process of resigning, the Prime Minister who replaced him is busy with the Winograd Commission and with everything but the economy, Amir Peretz, who loves to drown the economy in a quagmire, is stuck in the Defense Ministry and Labor party primaries. In short, nobody is interfering with the Jewish people as they work and progress. And that is an entirely reasonable formula for success.
May 15, 2007
Are you a Leftist or do you support the "Religious Right"?
What do you want them to do?